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The Board of the Cultural Development Foundation has made a surprising announcement, which the staff say took them off guard.

The Organization which has been undergoing number of strategic changes in recent times is now advertising the post of Executive Director.

Senior Marketing Officer Jimmy Clavier told RCI News today that the announcement was made on Friday20th December 2013, by CDF Chairman Petrus Compton.

In describing the moment as “painful”, the Chairman acknowledged that Mr Kennedy Boots Samuel had navigated the organization through difficult times, in the face of many challenges and thanked him on behalf of the CDF, artistes and culture practitioners and the Saint Lucian community in general.

“Boots” came to CDF from his former position as Executive Director of the Folk Research Center (FRC) with a strong background in traditional culture research and theatre. He was a well known figure in the theatre renaissance of the 1980s that briefly threatened to recall the glory days of the sixties, when Saint Lucia held forth as a vibrant hub for theatre and the performing arts in general. 

Mr Compton challenged “Boots” to look upon his departure from the CDF as an opportunity to re-focus and to set sights upon new and more compelling vistas, and he assured the gathering that the CDF would continue to make use of the talents and experience that “Boots” had accumulated over the years, in its programming.

The CDF is expected to intensify its search for a suitable candidate to fill the boots left vacant by Mr Samuel.
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